Galleri Christoffer Egelund is proud to present "Dolls House", a group exhibition showing new works of 11 prominent Danish artists. The invited artists are all women and include the following prominent names: Kathrine Ærtebjerg, Julie Nord, Kirstine Roepstorff, Lise Blomberg, Astrid Kruse Jensen, Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen, Sophia Kalkau, Elisabeth Toubro, Katya Sander, Marianne Grønnow and Dorte Jelstrup. In this exhibition the gallery wants to celebrate the high artistic quality among Danish female artists, and point out that despite the high standard the female sex remains fairly underrepresented in national museum collections.
The term "Dolls House" seems to refer to the innocent adolescence of a little girl. On the contrary, "Dolls House" is also slang for brothel, and in that sense points critically towards the female body as a commodity. In addition, the title also refers to the Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen's play "A Dolls House" (1879), where Nora makes the commencing move in the struggle for sexual equality. In the show the viewer is invited into a feminine universe where different media shows themes such as gender roles, femininity and fairytales.
In the exhibition we witness a magical dream world in Julie Nords (b. 1970) drawings. She is known for her ornamental works depicting graceful dolls, as she mixes the fantastic with the reminiscent of life as being fragile. Painter Kathrine Ærtebjerg (b. 1969) also portrays a feminine and ambiguous universe, but often employs a stronger sexual undertone to the work. Unlike Nord and Ærtebjerg the paintings of Lise Blomberg (b. 1971) contain more realism, but not less fairytale. At first glance her nature sceneries seem safe, but danger lurks just around the corner. Also Astrid Kruse Jensen's (b. 1975) work deals with the notion of adventure. Using the technique of long exposure her photographs presents a surreal and supernatural universe. Besides Kruse Jensen, Sophia Kalkau (b. 1960) also participates with a number of photographs. Characteristic of her work is a preoccupation with transformation and metamorphosis.
Kirstine Roepstorff (b. 1972) shows collages. Using unconventional materials like pearls and fabric, she is known to investigate themes like feminism and a criticism of political power. On the contrary Marianne Grønnow's (b. 1962) contribution consists of painting and sculpture. Her trademark is the transformation of cardboard and paper into seductive and detailed works, in which the serial takes a meditative character. A feminine view can also be found at Dorte Jelstrup (b. 1964), whose work can be seen as analytical reflections on themes such as lust, sexuality and gender. Themes such as gender roles and equality also interests sculptor Elisabeth Toubro (b. 1956), whose trademark is sculptures constructed without a center, which forces the viewer to do some intellectual work. Katya Sander (b. 1970) also likes to activate the viewer with her conceptual works that asks open questions about sex and language. Last but not least, Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen (b. 1970) contributes to the exhibition with photographs from her performance series "Afghan Hound", with what she is represented at the 2011 Venice Biennale.
Galleri Christoffer Egelund invites you to the opening of "Dolls House" Friday August the 19th from 4pm to 8pm, where several of the artists will be present. The exhibition runs from August 19th - September 18th 2011. Opening hours: Monday - Friday 11am to 6pm, Saturdays 12pm - 4pm. For further information and press photographs, please contact the gallery at: firstname.lastname@example.org or at +45 33 93 92 00.